How To Pass The CCNP : Make An Appointment With Yourself – And Keep It!
Ever hear anyone describe their study time like this?
“I studied for the CCNP for five months and failed!”
Do not make the mistake of measuring your study time in months.
It means nothing when someone expresses their study time in months, but you hear people do it all the time. It’s a totally inaccurate way of measuring how much studying you’ve done, and it’s also a good way to fool yourself as to how much work you’ve actually put in.
I’ve used this example before, but it bears repeating. Sam studies 90 minutes a day, six days a week. His study time is quiet and uninterrupted. Sam does this for eight weeks.
Bill studies 45 minutes a day, six days a week. His study consists of studying in front of the TV, and taking phone calls and instant messages while thumbing through a book. Bill does this for twelve weeks.
Over two months, Sam puts in 72 hours of solid study.
Over two months, Bill puts in 54 hours of subpar study.
Yet Bill will cry, “I’ve studied for three months!”
Make a commitment to study “x” minutes a day, stick to it, make sure your study is uninterrupted, and track your study time. You’re much better off to get six hours of quality study time a week than to get 10 hours a week of constantly interrupted time.
You can track your time using Excel, or even Notepad. Every day, write down how much time you spend studying and the topic(s) you studied. You HAVE to write this down. Not only will you have an accurate picture of how much study you’re putting in, you’ll be able to make sure that you’ve spent adequate time on every exam topic.